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How far should we go when editing somebody else’s question to prevent closure?

This is a follow-up to Should we reject an edit that fundamentally changes an off topic question on translating books?, where Buffy remarked: Let me note that there have been other questions here ...
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Closure while writing an answer – can it be delayed?

I have fairly frequently been in the situation of being in the middle of providing an answer to a question when it is closed, leaving me no option but to discard my contribution or hope that the ...
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A question was deleted by Community - why?

A question from a new user was recently deleted by Community. It had 0 votes to close and was seemingly a good question to me (I answered it). I am curious why it was deleted. Was something wrong with ...
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What makes this question about time spent on writing reviews primarily opinion-based?

This question was closed as being primarily opinion-based. The question originally asked "how much time do you spend on reviewing a paper?". Put this way, the question was a bad fit for the Q&A, ...
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Please help me correct my question

I removed the GRE and focused on the US specifically. For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after basics topics of complex analysis, abstract algebra and topology?
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Could we reopen this question (“unreasonably severe teacher”)?

Could we reopen Is there anything I can do about an unreasonably severe teacher?? According to the help center, questions about "Requirements and expectations of academicians" are specifically on ...
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Why was this closed (“Do I have to sit again for TOEFL”)

What is the motivation behind the close votes to Do I have to sit again for TOEFL?? It seems like a perfectly reasonable question to me. Please explain. "The answer to this question strongly depends ...
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Why was “Funding in mathematics from large companies as undergraduate” closed?

When I browse the questions on the issue of research funding, I found that this question was closed (I am not the author). Since I want to be more familiar with the norms of Academia Stack Exchange, I ...
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Why is “What are illegal or/and inappropriate question on job interview?” too broad?

The irony of putting on hold this question How should I handle questions about family/spouse on the job market? is that it limits my right to apply for any position without being the questioned why I ...
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Need a couple of examples of questions that are too hypothetical to keep open

I've read several questions here about whether a certain question is too hypothetical. A nice rule of thumb I read at one of these was that in a not-too-hypothetical question (i.e. an acceptable ...
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Please help edit this question so it can be reopened

This question is about getting educational disability accommodations in the UK. Come on, people. This is an area Academia SE needs to get stronger in. We have pretty good coverage about Section 504 ...
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Should the question looking for ArXiv alternatives for math and physics be reopened?

What are pre-print repositories for math and physics alternative to ArXiv? As the question is focus on math and physics solely, it isn't a dupe of the other question. Should it be reopened?
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Reopening question about becoming a good advisor?

I recently asked a question which recieved some attention. But was closed as off-topic (Shopping question). Basically my question is about training or which steps I can take to become a good advisor. ...
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Is this a shopping question?

The original version of this question How will the academic boycot of Israel (BDS) infulence my career if I get a PhD in Israel received two close votes (among the other votes) for the following ...
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How to make the question asking for books on academia/science not a shopping list?

Is there a (text)book on how academia works? I agree that it looks like a shopping request as its current form, but it is stemmed from the question "how to have a systematic understanding on how ...
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My question about zbMATH is closed as duplicate but it is not

I'd like to have my question ZbMATH and conflict of interest reopened. It needs a vote or two more. The claimed duplicate is Under what circumstances is there a conflict of interest for a researcher ...
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When the close reason is the answer

This question Can a non-committee-member ask questions while watching a friend's PhD defense? has been closed for depending on individual factors. While there is no question in my mind, and in ...
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Modifying “What is PhD Level research?” to be less broad

Recently I asked the question What is PhD Level research? and it was closed as too broad. I was worried about the broadness of the question and that's why I tried to limit the question to the "US ...
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Defining Shopping again

Recently, my question was closed for shopping. However, how shopping is described on meta does not seem to match my question. The meta question I link to outlines three possible characteristics of a ...
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Is a general question discussing differences in research methodology in different fields too broad?

This question pertains to the issue raised from this post. I basically asked a question about the differences in generating ideas, writing and publishing an academic journal in different fields. I ...
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How to suggest edits for locked posts?

I was looking at the question here: https://academia.stackexchange.com/q/80469/19607 which is currently locked and was rejected for migration from Math SE. I agree the question is not appropriate ...
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Double degree: why was this question closed as duplicate?

I think that the closure of the question Double PhD: is it really worth it? as duplicate of Is doing two PhD's a good path? is based on a wrong assumption. A double PhD degree is a single PhD ...
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Are questions about formatting and presenting results off-topic?

I recently asked this question about formatting presentation of tables contents in academic publications. I saw that those tags exist on this site and each one has a set of questions. I saw in the ...
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By what process was this question reopened?

It took a while to gather the 5 close votes to close this question: What rights do students in the U.S. have re gender pronouns? My comment giving my reason to vote to close it was voted up 15 times ...
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Question I answered was closed, should I transfer my answer to referenced question?

I provided an answer to this question 'Consequences for publishing final version PDF, in violation of publisher policies?' which was closed for being a duplicate of this question: 'How often do ...
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Why is that question too broad?

I don't understand what the following question got closed as too broad. It simply asks for some studies on a specific question. Since no close voter left a comment regarding the "too broad" issue, I ...
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Why was my question about fighting junk science so poorly received?

A few weeks ago I have asked a question that I believe is about a major challenge that academia faces today and will increasingly face in the future (I deleted it since then because of the reactions ...
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Should seemingly hard-to-answer questions be downvoted (and closed)?

I have posted a couple of questions on this website. Based on this small dataset, there seem to be a trend that hard-to-answer questions get downvoted, and even closed for some random reason (too ...
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What should a reviewer do if an edit changes the possible close reason of a question?

This question has been recently edited by the owner and has now one reopen vote. I think that the question has now essentially become a duplicate of this other one. When reviewing the question, I ...
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How can I improve this question?

I wonder how I can improve this question. Unfortunately, I cannot ask it as a comment as the post is locked. By how, I mean in terms of content (what is unclear?), as well as technically (how can I ...
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Would there be a way to save this question that generated the weirdest thread I've seen here?

I saw this question: Why not outsource the research projects to phd students? It's so badly formulated that it generated a series of comments and answers that have no real connection with each ...
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Why was this question closed for “shopping?”

I am still unsure why this question: List of 2013 US National Merit Scholars was closed. Here's the close reason used. "Shopping" questions, which seek recommendations or lists of individual ...
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Why was a previously closed question reopened

This question concerning the value about traditional lecture, which was posted by me a long time ago, was closed due to being too broad. However, recently the question was reopened and, judging from ...
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Why was this question about the definition of a curriculum closed?

A user recently posted this question about the definition of "curriculum." The user was curious why the question was closed, and I'm posting this question to hopefully provide answers.
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Narrowing down a closed question would invalidate existing answers – how to proceed?

This question is inspired by the events on this question, but I think it is applicable more generally: Suppose, somebody asks a question that is too broad and gets closed as such. However the closure ...
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Preserving 'original intent' in closed questions?

In this community, there is often a sense that authorial intent is important, and that editors should strive to change an author's words as little as possible. I strongly agree with this sense, but ...
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Why was “Physics research journal for undergraduates” not closed?

A few days ago, this question was asked. While the author is somewhat unclear about what he is actually looking for, he is certainly looking for an individual journal or a list of journals as an ...
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Is it appropriate to suggest edits to duplicate questions?

This question Can I reference the abstract? is a duplicate but I found it by searching and the title confused me. It's actually about "Can I reference other things in my abstract?". I wanted to ...
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Why is this question not being reopened?

This question on differences between two types of German doctoral programs was originally rightfully put on hold as being unclear. The original poster then added information, and the question edited ...
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On-topic-ness of questions on legal issues related to academia?

We seem to have a very inconsistent policy with respect to questions on legal issues related to academia. I am not referring to questions asking for legal advice for a particular situation (these ...
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Is “What background do I need to do research in specific field X?” on-topic at Academia.SE?

I recently posted this question, which was closed as off-topic for being too specific to my situation. I admit I'm a little bit confused, since it didn't seem particularly more situation-specific than ...
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Editing “weak” questions that are closed for being off-topic without resolving the reason for the closure

Should questions that are closed for being off-topic be edited for formatting, grammar, retagging, or other issues that don't resolve the reason the question was closed? Is this a valid reason for ...
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What is the policy on keeping bad questions with useful answers?

Say, a question that is not a perfect fit for the site was posted - mostly some consider it to have some merit, some do not. What if said question generates some very useful answers (not just upvoted,...
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What should happen to closed questions?

What is this community’s take on deleting closed questions? What are the criteria for deletion? In the past few days, I have voted on deleting some of the closed questions that seemed to have ...